Smog shuts down Chinese city of 11 million

Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 8:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 8:38 AM

A city in China more populous than New York City or London ground to a complete halt Monday due to especially thick pollution.

The city of Harbin in northeastern China shut down schools, roads and airports after smog made it impossible to see more than about 30 feet. Even at midday, pollution had entirely blotted out the sun from the sky. (Via BBC)

Pollution in the area is always bad, but local authorities blamed this especially thick smog on the first day of cold weather that caused residents across Harbin to flip on their heaters for the first time this season. (Via Euronews)

Though most in the West might never have heard of it, Harbin is a city of 11 million people. And by the numbers, the pollution they saw today was dangerous on a historic level.

The city government said its air quality index rating reached 500 — the worst possible rating — with some areas getting pollution readings that were off the scale. Now, anything above 300 is considered hazardous by the EPA. And anything below 50 is good. (Via The New York Times)

New York hit just 41 on that scale Monday. Last winter, Beijing saw similarly dangerous levels of pollution that kept many children out of school for weeks and made face masks a regular sight on the street. (Via Sky News)

China’s government has announced some steps to combat all this pollution — though it will take five years and more than $800 billion, with $167 billion of that going to Beijing alone. (Via TIME)

All this is the result of massive industrial growth with few restrictions over the last couple decades. In January, Beijing announced it would for the first time restrict its number of new factories to help curb pollution.

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‘We’ve got a robber,’ caller describes Miami County robbery

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 5:26 AM
Updated: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 7:23 AM

UPDATE @ 3:11 p.m.:

A 911 caller reported a man trying to break into her home on Kessler-Frederick Road Monday morning.

“We’ve got a robber,” the caller said.  “I need you to get here fast...I’m upstairs with my kids.”

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The caller told dispatchers she was home with four children and her husband when the intruder tried to get in.

“It’s the guy that does all the Kessler-Frederick robberies,” the caller said.

Deputies are working to determine if the suspect is the same person involved in other home and vehicle burglaries reported in the same area, according to Miami County Sheriff’s Lt. Eric Lachey.

A second caller told 911 operators that they heard some shots and people arguing.

“We’ve had some problems with people breaking in around here,” the second caller said.

A third caller described hearing two gunshots.

“I heard two gunshots and then a man scream no, and a third gunshot then nothing,” the third caller said.

UPDATE @ 7:23 a.m. 

A male suspect attempting to break into a Kessler Frederick Road was shot three times by the homeowner, according to police. 

“He was shot in the hand, and in the leg,” said Miami County Lieutenant Eric Lachey.

The suspect was transported to the hospital for injuries that were not life threatening. 

The suspect accessed the home through a pet door, according to deputies. 

Lachey said there have been previous home and vehicle breakins in the area. 

“We have been looking for a suspect for some time,” he said. “This could be our suspect.”

UPDATE: 5:55 a.m. 

Deputies said a homeowner shot a suspect following a home invasion attempt at a home on Kessler Frederick Road in Miami County. 

The condition of the person shot was not available. 

Deputies said detectives are expected to arrive on the scene to investigate shortly. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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UPDATE @ 5:40 a.m. 

One person has been shot in the leg outside a home in the 4600 block of Kessler Frederick Road in Miami County. 

Deputies were responding to a report of a home break-in attempt when the found the person shot. 

We’re working to find out from deputies if the person shot is the suspect in the home break-in. 


Medics have been requested after deputies found one person with gunshot wounds on Kessler Frederick Road in Miami County. 

Deputies were first dispatched to a home in the 4600 block of Kessler Frederick Road around 5 a.m. after a woman reported hearing someone attempting to break into their home. 

Initial reports indicate while deputies were responding to the call, a second call came into dispatchers from neighbors reporting gunshots in the area. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Police locate shooting victim on Brumbaugh Blvd. in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 3:03 AM

Police and medics have responded to a report of a person shot on Brumbaugh Boulevard in Dayton Tuesday morning. 

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Police were first dispatched to the area of Brumbaugh Boulevard and Free Pike around 2:55 a.m. on reports of a person shouting he was shot. 

Initial reports indicate officers located the victim on a porch of a home in the 3300 block of Brumbaugh Boulevard and requested medics to the scene. Police scanner traffic also indicates the officer applied a tourniquet to the victim’s wound. 

The condition of the victim was not immediately known. 

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Manuel Noriega, former Panamanian dictator, dead at 83

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 1:09 AM

048177 19: General Manuel Antonio Noriega poses February 13, 1988 in Panama. In February 1988, two US federal grand juries indicted Noriega on drug trafficking charges and both American and Panamanian citizens strove to remove him from office. (Photo by Greg Smith/Liaison)
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Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has died at age 83, multiple news outlets, including TVN and Telemetro, reported early Tuesday.

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Crash shuts down all lanes of NB I-75 in Butler County

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 1:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 2:45 AM

UPDATE @ 2:45 a.m. 

Police from other agencies are diverting traffic from northbound Interstate 75 onto westbound Ohio 129. 

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Officers said the suggested detour is westbound Ohio 129, to northbound Cincinnati Dayton Road, to eastbound Ohio 63. 

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Additional details about the crash remain unavailable. 


All lanes of northbound Interstate 75 are shut down just north of Ohio 129 in Butler County following a crash Tuesday morning. 

Dispatchers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed troopers were dispatched to a reported crash that occurred before 1:30 a.m. on northbound Interstate 75, between Ohio 129 and Ohio 63. 

Dispatchers confirmed the northbound lanes of the highway were shut down, but it was unknown when the highway would reopen.

Additional details were not available. 

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